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International trade podcast offers employment tips for Greater Manchester-based exporters

International trade podcast offers employment tips for Greater Manchester-based exporters

24th September, 2021

Launched by the Department of International Trade North West, the podcast featured two specialist lawyers from the Manchester office of Aaron & Partners

 A podcast aimed at helping businesses in Greater Manchester export more goods and services has been launched by the North West arm of the Department for International Trade (DIT).

An employment partner and business immigration partner from the law firm Aaron & Partners – which has an international office in Manchester – were recent guests on the new show, offering tips and advice on various aspects of employment.

The podcast covered some of the main challenges and opportunities for businesses in Greater Manchester in a post-Brexit era, including what the law says about recruiting from overseas and how the new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) impact UK law and global recruitment.

Christos Kottis, Export Manager for the Greater Manchester Region, said: “Greater Manchester is a city-region that recognises the benefits of international trade and our podcast aims to help more business owners and leaders understand how they could benefit from stronger relationships overseas.

“Exporting has a positive impact on productivity and prosperity, unlocking growth opportunities for businesses and helping to create and sustain good quality jobs for the residents of Greater Manchester.

“Both Adam and Ikram were brilliant guests to have on the show, offering a wide range of best practice examples and insights that will have been of huge value to our audience no matter what sector they operate in.”

The launch of the podcast supports the work of DIT North West in delivering the government’s Levelling Up agenda. The Greater Manchester region is also set to unveil a new growth plan for 2021-2024 very shortly, which will aim to help companies bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic.

“We were delighted to be invited on as guests for the podcasts as we recognise the crucial period we are now entering for companies in this region and across the UK,” said Adam Haines, Employment Law Partner at Aaron and Partners.

“Through our Manchester office, we’re supporting a range of clients internationally and we were more than happy to share some of our insights with a very engaged audience through the DIT North West. In the last 18 months, we have seen a real increase in North West businesses looking to expand and recruit internationally.”

Ikram Malik, Business Immigration Partner at Aaron and Partners, added: “Access to skilled workers at every level is vital and it has been well reported that companies in the UK are struggling to ensure their workforces are well resourced.

“The challenges of the pandemic alongside the ongoing fallout from Brexit are just two of the big issues businesses are facing right now, but with the right knowledge, support and guidance, there is still a huge amount for businesses in the Greater Manchester region to gain from ensuring international trade flows in both directions.”

To listen to the podcast in full, visit the DIT North West website here:

https://international.growthco.uk/news/posts/2021/august/international-trade-podcast-the-role-of-employment-in-exporting/

Adam Haines and Ikram Malik are also happy to speak to any North West businesses considering any of the issues or challenges discussed in the podcast.

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